The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada’s International Executive Board is aiming for a greater share of the market for video game scores; in that vein, it says it has authorized its officers to enter into a series of “one-off” agreements with terms that are consistent with current industry practice.
The AFM is comprised of more than 90,000 members in the United States and Canada representing the interests of musicians; the Federation negotiates fair agreements, protects ownership of recorded music, secures benefits for its members, such as health care and pension, and lobbies legislators.
According to the AFM, the concept for these one-off agreements has been "well-received" by publishers like EA, SCEA and Ubisoft. As a result, the AFM says it has experienced a "dramatic increase" in the volume of large orchestra projects in just a few months, and anticipates the increased work will continue steadily.
"The same excellence in musicianship is demanded in the video game world," said AFM International president Thomas F. Lee. "These agreements will enable video game companies to have access to the best professional recording musicians in the U.S. and Canada, while offering more work and important benefits for our members."